Thursday, May 30, 2013

The LILY Challenge

Please can you help us?
We have a challenge to provide 2,000 blankets for Syrian children in a refugee camp nr Adana here in Turkey. That's 128,000 squares!
These will be needed in September when the weather begins to cool.
We at LILY are currently trying to provide the children with a little comfort by giving each child their very own blanket made especially for them.
Our blankets are lovingly made by adults and children from all walks of life and many different countries around the wold. They provide love, a sense of security, warmth and comfort to Syrian refugee children who have been made homeless by war and will send a message of concern and hope. Your participation is important in sending this message of hope, the thought that someone cares, that this beautiful, handmade blanket was created especially for them. It doesn't really matter what it looks like: even the most basic knitted blanket patterns will yield perfect results – a smile.
Please consider making a square or two, any spare wool you have can be knitted into eight inch squares and then we'll stitch them all together into a blanket. We get together every tuesday to sew the squares together into blankets so a child with nothing gets a warm and colourful, cover for their bed!

 This challenge will enable us to provide a blanket for all children in just 1 camp, there are 18 camps at the moment. So far we have provided 6,214 blankets so we still have a long way to go to reach our ultimate goal of providing each and every Syrian child with a blanket.

Whilst writing this post I have just received 41 squares that means we now need:                                                                                    127,959
Please help us crack this target!
I realise the cost of sending items by post especially to Turkey can be costly which is why we are asking for just 3 squares ( of course we'll also accept more). If you could knit or crochet just 3 squares they would fit easily into an envelope and postage shouldn't be too great!

Help us make a difference today!

Please Help If You Can!
'Lily' is supported by businesses and individuals in Turkey, whether it be donations of yarn, Knitting and Crocheting or transportation of completed blankets to receiving agencies.
'Lily' has no paid employees.  All the good work is done on a strictly volunteer basis.
'Lily' wishes to thank all those private individuals and businesses which support us.  Without you, there would be no 'Lily' - Love In the Language of Yarn.  We work hard for the day when we are no longer needed to help keep Children warm.

Dianne Jones - Founder of  'Lily'- Love In the Language of Yarn.

Address - 'LILY' C/O Dianne Jones
Cumhuriyet Mahlesi
Sürücü Sokak
Yildrim Apart 11/2

We now also have a  branch in Jordan, the address to send squares to Jordan is 
'LILY' C/O  A Mencke
P.O. Box  2842
Jordan, 11941